Fair warning, this is a photo-heavy post, but there is just so much we saw and did that I want to share it all with you!
We started our family vacation by driving over to Stuttgart, Germany. This is about a 6 hour drive from our house in Belgium. We chose Stuttgart for its central location to the areas that we wanted to visit, but it was also because of the availability of military lodging to stay in. We try to utilize this benefit when we can because it guarantees us a reasonably priced, safe, clean, comfortable place to stay and we can use the other facilities on each of the military bases to help off-set some of the expenses of traveling with a large family. It allows us to enjoy the area and the sights we are seeing without wasting our travel money on a place to lay our heads at night. This is a great advantage for us! We got to the hotel later in the evening and decided to keep it low-key and take the kids bowling at the bowling-alley on base. This was little Miss E’s first time bowling and she absolutely loved it!
She got a few spares and a couple of strikes! It was great family fun and something that we never do, so it was a great chance to enjoy time together.
The next morning we got up bright and early, so we could get on the road and enjoy the predicted beautiful day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which is along the Romantic Road in Germany. Hubby and I visited Rothenburg back in the early 2000’s when we were stationed in Germany, and our oldest daughter, A went with us, but she was under two and didn’t remember it, so it was a new adventure for all 4 kiddos. C & G were fascinated by the wall surrounding the city and the age of it. Here is more information about Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It’s so beautiful and everywhere you look is a photo-worthy scene. I had a hard time choosing just a few to share.
The next day we traveled south to Triberg, Germany in the Black Forest area. This was a new city for all of us and it boasts the tallest waterfall in Germany, as well as being the center of the Black Forest cuckoo-clock industry. We loved the scenic little town and trekked to the top of the waterfall. We had a great time choosing handmade wooden ornaments and gifts, and I finally got a handmade German cuckoo-clock!
On our way back to the hotel, we took a more scenic route and we stumbled upon a mountain coaster and we all took a spin down the mountain in a little self-controlled sled. And then we drove past this:
Our third day in Germany was the most beautiful weather-wise and we took advantage of it by driving to Bavaria and seeing Neuschwanstein Castle. This is probably one of the most famous castles in Germany and known world-wide as the epitome of a fairy-tale castle. This castle was built by “Mad King Ludwig” and the finished areas where he lived at the time of his death were preserved exactly as he left them. It’s an extremely impressive sight and the beauty of the surrounding Alps is just breathtaking! This was definitely a “Pinch me, is this real?” kind of day.
We couldn’t have asked for better weather for our vacation and a more enjoyable destination. This trip certainly made memories of a lifetime for our family and I couldn’t be more grateful to have had the time and opportunity to spend together.
Thanks to Lemonade blonde for many of the great photos from our trip!